Two injured when rope feeds into chipper

Two tree workers were injured when a climbing or rigging rope was accidentally fed into a chipper during or prior to November 2020 in Easton, Maryland.

A man was in his home when he heard “a horrific grinding noise and screaming.” Outside, where a tree crew was cleaning up trees damaged in storms earlier that summer, he saw a woman hunched over in the bucket of an aerial lift, a man wailing hysterically and another man on the ground near the intake chute of a chipper with a rope tangled around him.

The witness, a registered nurse with Army combat medic training, used towels to staunch the bleeding of the man on the ground, stabilized him and, with help from others, moved him away from the chipper.

A neighbor had called 911, and an ambulance soon arrived.

The woman in the bucket had a serious gash from the rope, but no other details on the condition of the two victims were included in the November 23, 2020, report.

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